New study will help village to update its road plan

With the current 15-year master infrastructure plan nearing its end in 2024, village officials are preparing to create the next document to guide road resurfacing, reconstruction and repairs.

Trustees plan to spend $57,400 to have HR Green conduct a pavement management study to help the village develop a new MIP.

“The new 15-year plan will help us identify what infrastructure work will need to be done and when it should be done so we can effectively deploy monies that have been set aside for that infrastructure work,” Village President Tom Cauley said.

HR Green will use Paver pavement management software, developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, to help create the new plan. The software takes into account various information such as the year streets were resurfaced, the materials used and the traffic volumes.

“With this study, we will get a clear and data-driven assessment of when and to what degree our roads will need repairs in the future,” said Trustee Neale Byrnes, chair of environment and public services. “Rather than guessing when the roads will need repair or driving around our 66 miles of roads, we’ll get a better picture of what our future needs will be.”

Anticipated water and sewer repairs also will be taken into account.

The current MIP estimates the village will spend about $2.5 million a year for maintenance in the future, totaling $37.5 million over the next 15 years.

“I think the goal here is to keep all our roads in good to excellent shape forever,” public services director George Peluso said.

About 95 percent — or almost 63 miles — of village roads will have been improved by the end of 2024 as part of the current 15-year plan, Peluso said. The total cost is expected to come in at about $85 million.

Trustees will take a formal vote on the contract with HR Green at their Tuesday, Nov. 16, meeting.

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean